ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Erik Pears #79 of the Buffalo Bills blocks against Derrick Morgan #90 of the Tennessee Titans at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.Tennessee won 23-17. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills on Tuesday announced that they have signed starting right tackle Erik Pears to a contract extension. The team never discloses the details of their contracts with players, but it's possible that someone else will report those terms at some point.
For now, the Bills have locked in a player that provided them stability at a position where they haven't had it. In 2010, the right tackle position was a train wreck; while Pears has hardly been dominant, he has been perhaps the offensive line's most consistent performer week to week this season, and has started all 13 games on the right side.
Pears was one of two impending free agent tackles on the team, the other being fourth-year pro Demetrius Bell. Signing Pears not only settles the right tackle job for the foreseeable future, but it gives the Bills breathing room in their decision with Bell, who has already said he'd like to come back. Along with rookie Chris Hairston, it's been quite a while since the Bills have been legitimately three deep at tackle.
What do you think of the decision to sign Pears to a contract extension, Bills fans?